College of Business Administration


 Fellow Colleagues, Students and Global Researchers:Michael Mayo, Ph.D.

Through the the College of Business Administration's Global Management Center, we support international initiatives of the University and prepare students for success in global business. The center provides students with the opportunity to learn from international speakers, study abroad and support faculty research internationally. We are committed to increasing awareness of the global business environment, providing innovative learning experiences and preparing students to compete in global business.

The mission of the Global Management Center was built upon these goals:

  • Engage with the world beyond our campuses.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the new challenges, opportunities, and concerns in global affairs.
  • Provide innovative learning experiences for students.
  • Prepare students to perform successfully in a globally competitive work environment.
  • Provide a practical perspective to the integrated study of business, culture, and communication.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with local, regional, and international partners in education and business to encourage multi-disciplinary scholarly research, teaching, and practice.


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(330) 672-1269

Advisory Board

The Global Management Advisory Board (GMC–AB) consists of managers from the Northeast Ohio business community as well as accomplished alumni with extensive experience in entering and competing in the global marketplace. Board members are selected to ensure a balance between the various business disciplines as well as represent the mix of industries found throughout the region’s economy. GMC–AB members meet each academic semester and serve a 3-year term.

Robert Coleman

President (retired)
Omnova Solutions

Jeffrey R. (Jeff) Dafler

Director of International Government Affairs
The Timken Company

Joel Domino

President and CFO
Kent Displays Inc.

Brian McDonald

Vice President of Sales
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James Rowland

Director of International Sales
Wright Tool

Jeff Sponseller

Executive Vice President
Miller Weldmaster

Faculty Research Fellows

International Research

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Since 2006, the Global Management Center has awarded a number of grants to faculty and doctoral students to support research initiatives in the areas of outsourcing and offshoring, international financial reporting standards, global brand extension and retail patterns in the United States and China. Awards have also been used to strengthen teaching and research partnerships abroad. Please contact GMC Director Michael Mayo by clicking below to learn more.

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GMC Speaker Series

Each semester the GMC Speaker Series brings a business leader to Kent to present and discuss recent developments in the global economy of importance to both the academic and business communities.


International Speakers Bureau

The International Speaker’s Bureau gives students access to managers with backgrounds in a specific area of interest. For example, the CEO of a holding company active in a number of markets in Asia recently discussed corporate governance with students enrolled in a course on global business strategy.

The GMC International Speaker’s Bureau accomplishes its mission by networking within the business community to find experts in a particular topic when a request is received from a member of our faculty. Additionally, the Bureau tries to find speaking opportunities for business leaders interested in coming to campus to help prepare our students for the challenges they will encounter in the global economy upon graduation. If you would like to join us in this effort, please contact GMC Director Michael Mayo by clicking below.

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GMC works with select business development organizations in Northeast Ohio to further mutual commercial and educational interests. Each semester GMC and its partners sponsor a speaker bureau and series that brings business leaders to campus to discuss with students and area managers the new challenges U.S. firms face in the global economy. In addition, GMC s offers internships through its partnerships to its students that help Northeast Ohio firms compete in foreign markets.

Business development organizations and firms interested in working with GMC to further the global impact of Northeast Ohio are invited to join with its partners, the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium and U.S. Foreign and Commercial Services, by contacting GMC Director Michael Mayo.

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Northeast Ohio Economic and Trade Consortium (NEOTEC)

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NEOTEC is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of Northeast Ohio and its businesses. It works to attract new business investments and jobs by strengthening the region's distinct advantages as a business location while promoting domestic and international trade.


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U.S. Foreign and Commercial Services

U.S. Foreign and Commercial Services seeks to provide comprehensive solutions to international trade challenges, while helping U.S. firms realize their export potential through a range of services including expert counseling, advocacy; overseas markets and industries research; promote companies' products and services in overseas markets and develop international partners.

Education Abroad

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Students gain global exposure to international business and culture at Kent State’s campus in Florence and other cities, including; Geneva, Paris, London, Wales, Dublin and Quebec through education abroad. You can study abroad for a semester or a summer program ranging from ten days to five weeks.

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International Internships

GMC works closely with the College of Business Career Services Office to offer internships that give students experience in working abroad or assisting local companies in their international operations.

Internship Program

Internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The number of hours, program requirements and prerequisites vary by major. You should consult with your academic advisor to determine your eligibility and better understand how an internship may further your career interests and progress toward your degree.

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Students with solid backgrounds in business basics, as well as advance study in an area of interest to your firm, are looking for practical work experiences to further their career interests in global business. For many small and medium sized firms state grants are available to help pay for in-state internship salaries.

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John F. Fiedler/BorgWarner International Scholarship

The John F. Fiedler-BorgWarner International Scholarship supports College of Business Administration undergraduate and graduate students who want to experience international study.

Robert C. Bingham Memorial Scholarship

This award is available to all College of Business Administration majors, but preference is given to economics majors and students enrolled in the Geneva Program.

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Michael Mayo, Ph.D.

Michael Mayo, Ph.D.

Global Management Center
Associate Professor
Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
(330) 672-1269

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